Kayla VanMeter’s FAVE 3 Wedding Planning Tips

On September 16, 2017, WAVE 3 News reporter Kayla Vanover became Kayla VanMeter when she married the love of her life, Willie.

The beautiful ceremony took place at St. John United Church of Christ in Nulu, followed by a great reception at Mellwood Art Center in Clifton.

Kayla shares her FAVE 3 Wedding Planning Tips:

Real Flowers!

The variety is endless and it is much cheaper than most people would think. The key is finding yourself an awesome florist who can match your vision. Be sure to provide a lot of pictures, even if you aren’t sure of exactly what you want. Real flowers dress up every venue and provide a touch of elegance that is unforgettable. You can also reuse bridesmaid’s bouquets as center pieces for the reception. Using a florist means they will set up and break down that part of your décor. This also takes a load off of the bride and others who don’t have to worry about setting up the flowers the day of or arranging them in advance.

Live Music!

My husband and I hired a string quartet for our ceremony music. The class and flair were breathtaking. We chose rock n’ roll, country classic and modern songs that they played on strings. The idea of live music was comforting to me because there were no technical errors, no skipping, etc. For our reception, we hired a live band that created such a fun environment. Usually, a live band will also emcee your reception. This will keep your activities flowing throughout the night (cake cutting, bouquet toss, first dance, etc.). Live personalities get everyone in the mood to party, and it’s so much fun!

Cocktail Hour!

This is a must for keeping your guests entertained while you and your wedding party take pictures. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. We provided fruits, veggies, cheese and crackers and opened up the bar for an hour before the reception actually started. This prevented guests from starving before dinner was served, and it provided a way for guests to mingle comfortably and get in a great mood to continue celebrating you and your spouse!

By: Kayla VanMeter, WAVE 3 News Reporter